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IET Faraday Challenge Days

  Two girls in the Faraday Final 2014 building their prototype rocket.  Delivered in 68 schools free of charge by the IET, the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities designed for six teams of six students. Our 2016-17 season's Challenge Days are designed for Year 8 students (England) and their equivalents (aged 12-13 years).

IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.

The event is set up and run by our team of STEM professionals to give you the time to focus on your students. It is an unbeatable opportunity to switch your students on to the subject you love.

Students win prizes for themselves and their school

The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK get an all expenses paid trip to the National Final in June each year to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Apply to host a Challenge Day 2016-17

Applications to host a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2016-17 season are now closed. For challenge dates between September and December 2016 schools will be notified by September 1st. For all challenge dates between January and June 2017, schools will be notified from November.

Alternatively, you can still run your own event using our DIY Faraday Challenge Day materials.

Each Faraday Challenge Day host school provides a school hall, gym or large classroom for the day, and six teams of six students in Year 8 (aged 12-13) to take part (36 students in total). 

Host schools can either:

  • enter all six teams from their own school, or
  • enter one team from their own school, and invite five teams from local schools to join them.

Each team includes two students from Science, two from D&T, and two from Maths.

If you know of a school local to you who is hosting a Faraday Challenge Day this academic year, why not get in touch and see if you can bag your school an invite! 

Please note that the Faraday Challenge Days take place in UK schools and colleges only.  

CREST Discovery Award   CREST logo  

By taking part in one of the IET run Faraday Challenge Days, your students will be eligible to receive a CREST Discovery Award from the British Science Association. CREST Discovery recognises quality STEM project work that is done over a short period of time (usually a day). It focuses on fun, teamwork and transferable skills. Like all CREST Awards, creativity, decision making, problem solving and communication are key to gaining a Discovery Award, as is putting projects in a real-world context. Students will need to complete a CREST Discovery passport explaining how they have completed the tasks during the Challenge Day and worked together as a team. Further details and payment can be organised through your local CREST coordinator. 

More information about the CREST Awards

Register to take part

Find your local CREST coordinator

2015-16 season

BBC microbit celebration emoji  The 2015-16 season is a season with a difference! Instead of our usual Year 8 students, for this season only the challenges are aimed at Year 7 students to tie in with the BBC micro:bit project.

A total of 129 events will be taking place at host schools, academic partner universities and sponsor sites throughout the whole of the UK.

Click on the link below to see the full list of host schools and the league tables for students and teachers!

This year's host schools and league tables

This year's supporting organisations

2014-15 winners

  Faraday splat  The 2014-15 season of Faraday Challenge Days involved 47 schools, 12 academic partner universities and over 2,000 students! 

Ulverston Victoria High School were crowned the overall winners at the National Final on 19th June 2015.

Click on the link below to see the full list of schools who hosted an event as well as the overall league table. 


This year's host schools and league table

Team selection activity

2013-14 winners

  Young male student making a transporter prototype.  The 2013-14 season of Faraday Challenge Days involved over 2080 students with 171 schools taking part in venues throughout the UK. 45 host schools took part, as well as 12 IET academic partner host universities and a 2 further events were held at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) laboratories in Warrington and Oxfordshire.

Kingsbridge Community College were crowned the overall winners at the National Final on 20th June 2014.

Click on the link below to see the full list of UK schools who hosted a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2013-14 season as well as the overall league table.

This year's host schools and league table

This year's teacher's league table